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Mead / Honey Wine
All about mead & honey wine
What is mead/honey wine?
The history of mead/honey wine dates back 4,000 years, as this is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages ever made. Yeast or bacterial culture ferments honey and water to form this drink. For those who love unique flavors and specialty wines, this sweet wine often includes added herbs, spices, fruits, grains or flowers for a distinct aroma and taste. It's like sipping on beer, wine or cider, yet mead is a versatile beverage category that gives you many drinks from which to choose.
Flavor profile of mead
Mead comes in a range of different flavors depending on the type of honey and other ingredients added. Mead doesn't always taste sweet but can also be dry, fruity or spiced. If you're trying out this sweet honey wine for the first time, we recommend picking up a bottle that has flavors you actually like. For example, if you prefer a berry-flavored beverage, opt for blueberry-infused mead, with subtle berry notes that complement the flavor of the honey. There's also spiced mead that tastes anything but sweet. Common spices such as allspice, cinnamon, chili or nutmeg give spiced mead a marked flavor.
Food pairings with this specialty wine
Pairing food with mead may seem complex, but our top tip is to keep in mind the style of the mead when you start planning the food menu. Dry meads pair well with a cheese and fruit platter that also includes thinly sliced meats and nuts.
Fruity wines have a refreshingly sweet flavor that complements spicy foods, such as Indian dishes or piquant tacos. The freshness of the fruity notes cut through the robust peppery taste of spicy dishes for a well-balanced taste. A fruit-based mead is also a great combination with a green salad that features the fruit that's also present in the wine.
Add this interesting alcoholic drink to your collection to pair with your favorite foods. Grab a bottle today at Driz, or see if we're in your city, and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.
Not all mead is made sweet or with fruit. On the other end of the spectrum, you find spiced mead. Some spices commonly used are allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. These are spices that are also used in mulled cider. For something a little different, there are meads with chili peppers or the Ethiopian spice, gesho.